One of our EP-3E Aires II's of VQ-1 landing at NAS Agana, Guam.
Guam is the largest of the Marianna Islands and a protectorate of the
United States. One of these same birds (#32) subsequently brought
fame to VQ-1 when it was involved in a mid-air collision with a Chinese
F-8 fighter over the South China Sea, making a remarkable recovery and
emergency landing on Hainan Island in April 2001.
Kadena Air Base on Okinawa is operated by the US Pacific Air Force.
During the Cold War a P-3 squadron was forward deoployed here, rotating
on 6 month cycles. The best Navy patches were also made here,
off base. This view shows some Air Force E-3C AWACS and KC-135
refueling aircraft. Kadena was famous for Japanese Kobe beef restaurants.
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in early August 1990 necessitated our establishing
a naval blockade of Iraq as quickly as possible. I was off to
the Middle East with only 14 hours warning. I snapped this picture
of Marine F/A-18 Hornets at NAF Kadena on Okinawa, where we all stopped
to gas up and rest on our way to the Persian Gulf. Our initial
planning sessions were carried out at Kadena with the forward-deployed
While cruising around the central Pacific we occasionally encountered
this strange looking Range Tracking Ship, which tracked missile launches
out near Kwaljelin Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
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